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North Belfast’s suicide crisis – does community investment help?

 A new report from mental health charity Samaritans has shown that suicide rates for men and women are higher in Northern Ireland than in other regions of the UK and the Republic of Ireland. As of 2017, the suicide rate per 100,000 of the population in NI was 18.5. In …

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SuperM take centre-stage live at The O2 Arena, London

With fans gathering around The O2 Arena from the early hours of the morning, it was clear that spirits had not been dampened by the harsh February rain.  Looking around, dozens of clusters of excited people were all the eye could see, as fans alike joined queues for official SuperM …

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IMPACT ON MENTAL HEALTH AND WELL-BEING OF NI SPORTSPEOPLE DURING COVID-19 LOCKDOWN

For those taking part regularly in sport, the team environment is crucial.In most cases, whether elite or amateur level, sportsmen and women will train at least three times a week and then play competitively at the weekends. However, since the Covid-19 outbreak, Northern Ireland, like much of the rest of …

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Too ‘rapped up in Ulster

Jack Bashful’s life is split into two opposing worlds, one half in a corporate office job, the other half as an musician making music in the genre taking the country in its grip – rap. In order to find out more it was important to meet some of the key …

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A-Level students are concerned about the future

With severe uncertainty growing, what are high schools doing to deal with their students, and what is the plan of action? I caught up with a county Derry A-Level student, Aoife, to ask her how she was feeling. https://vimeo.com/413132453

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Just how much is suicide a part of our communities?

With the current global health pandemic bringing the whole world to a sudden halt, concerns are mounting, not solely about our physical wellbeing but also our mental wellbeing.   And rightly so, as Northern Ireland, a post conflict society, is still tackling a huge mental health crisis. Having compiled a data …

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Altnagelvin has worst driving test pass rates

Learner drivers are least likely to pass their driving test at Altnagelvin, Co. Londonderry. The Derry test centre had a pass rate of 42.58% in 2019 – the lowest in all of Northern Ireland, according to a Freedom of Information request to the Driver & Vehicle Agency. This figure has …

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Portrush Bank Closures: A Cashless Town?

The last bank in Portrush closed in 2018. When the Ulster Bank announced in 2017 that they were closing their branch, local Councillor and businessman Alderman Norman Hillis spoke to the media expressing his worry about the closure. In the two years since the bank closed, how have businessmen, like …

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Northern Ireland Food Bank Use

There are empty stomachs, cupboards and wallets across Northern Ireland. When these people reach a financial breaking point, they turn to foodbanks for assistance.  Foodbanks in Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK are overseen by a charitable organisation called the Trussell Trust. Trussell Trust foodbanks operate according to …

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Mobile Journalism- Mark McKillen

I interviewed local musician Conor McKillen for my mobile journalism piece about how coronavirus is impacting musicians. Conor is my brother and due to the nature of the coronavirus pandemic I was unable to interview anyone outside my family home. His recording session in Windmill Lane Studios in Dublin was …

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